Three internationally acclaimed acappella experts are invited to lead the Conference choirs and conduct a series of workshops for students as well as teachers.

Kaichiro Kitamura Japan
A world-renowned vocal percussionist who can make drumming sounds while breathing in or out, Kaichiro Kitamura started exploring vocal percussion as a child and is a former member of TRY-TONE. He has given numerous vocal drumming workshops in Asia, such as the Taiwan Choral Ensemble Festival in 2007, Hong Kong acappella Festival in 2009 and 2010; and has regularly appeared in concerts throughout Asia.


Peder Karlsson Sweden
Peder Karlsson studied classical composition and arranging at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, and was a member of the world renowned acappella group The Real Group between 1984-2010, where he gave over 2,000 concerts all over the world and made 16 CDs. Since February 2011, Mr Karlsson is Musical Director of the XXL vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile, Slovenia, which has attracted 25 million hits on YouTube. As a teacher, he has given numerous seminars and masterclasses in all parts of the world for more than 25 years.

Jonathan Rathbone United Kingdom
A former member and musical director of The Swingle Singers from 1984-1996 who created the majority of their acappella and orchestral arrangements during the period, Jonathan Rathbone has been in demand ever since as a choral conductor, arranger and orchestrator. A choral scholar at Christ’s College Cambridge and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Mr Rathbone is currently an in-house composer with Peters Edition.